“Switching to a plant-based diet cleared up all my health issues”

CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) Nutritional Therapy graduate Mays Al-Ali shares how studying a Naturopathic Nutrition course and going vegan helped to turn her life around

I suffered from serious gut problems, skin issues and a mood disorder which resulted from a poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle. Changing my diet made a massive difference to my health.

I worked as an advertising producer for 18 years but I became unhappy and dissatisfied with my very stressful corporate career. I was teaching yoga on the side but it wasn’t enough and I knew it was my calling to be in service, not to work in such a stressful environment that negatively impacted my health.

During my yoga teacher training in India eight years ago, I ate such amazing food which was all raw and vegan. Before that I ate a standard western diet, drank alcohol and had lots of late nights; and as a result, I suffered from some serious gut health and skin issues as well as a mood disorder.

Eating a natural, plant-based diet while doing my yoga training for a month increased my energy levels and I felt amazing. So, I naturally transitioned to a plant-based diet and I also dabbled in raw veganism too.

Slowly all my health issues cleared up and I also developed a keen interest in health and nutrition. I started studying and researching myself and then contemplated doing a course.

A friend recommended the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) and told me their Naturopathic Nutrition course was excellent. I was looking at it for many years before I signed up – I was travelling a lot back in those days so it was a big commitment to stay in London for three years.

But eventually I enrolled on the course and I’ve never looked back. What I loved about the CNM course was the naturopathic element to it. I’m a big believer in the healing powers of nature and having looked at other courses, none of them had this important holistic element. The lecturers were amazing and so inspiring. What I learnt really changed my life for the better and changed me as a person.

I signed up for the course initially for my own interests; I never thought I would quit my advertising job and become a nutritionist. However, by the start of the third year, I knew there was no turning back and that I’d found my calling. I then left my job in advertising and launched my clinic as soon as I qualified.

I can honestly say I’ve never been happier. Being able to help people every day and change their lives for the better is so rewarding and brings me so much joy on a daily basis.

I have a clinic in East London but I mostly work virtually now. I also host webinars and group weight loss programmes and run an NHS-funded weight loss programme in Tower Hamlets. A lot of my clients come to me with burn-out, stress, insomnia and anxiety so I help them overcome these issues as well as specialising in plant-based nutrition. I also teach yoga and meditation and host transformational wellness retreats. 

I love helping people transform their lives and feel great inside and out. I work holistically and look at the overall mind body soul connection; their diet, lifestyle, connection to others, spiritual connection and purpose. 


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